British jeweler Stephen Webster brought a dash of London cool to Rodeo Drive Tuesday night with a private event celebrating the work of nine of the U.K.'s hippest young jewelry designers.
Alice Cicolini, Imogen Belfield and Tomasz Donocik were among those selected to form the Rock Vault, an initiative created by Webster in conjunction with the British Fashion Council to nurture young talent and provide them with international exposure.
"These designers are the closest link you can get to fashionable fine jewelry design," says Webster, who came straight from this weekend's Couture Show in Las Vegas, where he and the Rock Vault designers displayed their wares alongside some of the finest gem brands in the world.
"After a second hugely successful show in Las Vegas, we are excited to show Rock Vault for the first time outside of the UK to the public. Going forward Rock Vault will show in very select venues around the world. The Stephen Webster boutique in Beverly Hills is proud to host the inaugural event," he adds.
Fernando Jorge, a Brazilian-born, London-based jeweler, is one of the lucky designers to be selected for Rock Vault for a second year. His luck continued in Las Vegas where he won one of the Couture Show's prestigious design awards, in the colored gems under $20,000 category, for his Fusion Cycle earrings in rose gold with rubies, rhodolites and amethyst.
Rock Vault is a master class in innovative design, from the ornate gold and jet creations of Jacqueline Cullen to the pearls-made-modern designs of Melanie Georgacopoulos and Ornella Iannuzzi's Baroque-style jewels.
For those who missed the Rodeo Drive pop-up store this week, collections from the Rock Vault designers are also available exclusively on new luxury private e-tailer, Crest & Co, which offers access to some of the rarest and most unique brands in the world.